If the word on the street is any indicator, wine collectors are in for a sweet ride with the impending Bordeaux Em Primeur 2015 release.
Suggested by numerous international wine critics to be one of the best vintages ever, this 2015 is certainly seen to be the best since 2010.
But what's the fuss about? Em Primeur is the pre-release sale of wine still in barrel. Allocations are often sold off at cheaper rates before the wine is bottled. The intriguing factor here is that many wines from 2015 are suggested to be sold out upon release so this may be the only opportunity to secure a share in this fine vintage.
The wines will continue to evolve in barrel over the next twelve months but already phrases such as 'vintage of the decade' have been thrown about. Master of Wine Andrew Caillard, who wrote a report for Langton's, put it more subtly suggesting it was a very successful vintage and that the consumer can 'feel confident that this is a vintage worth supporting'.
Caillard goes on to suggest that although the whites looked fresh and fragrant, Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc was a standout. For the reds, Merlot was picked over three weeks showing fleshy and ripe characters, Cabernet Franc was vigorous with an 'attractive tannin seam', whilst the 'concentration and vitality' shown by the Cabernet Sauvignon only adds weight to the argument that 2015 will be a commanding year.
Although the weakening Australian dollar against the Euro may be a stumbling block for some, partaking in the Primeur will secure allocations. Once the imports hit these shores the retail price will sure be north of what was initially offered. In the wake of recent economic developments in Europe, consumers should still be comforted by the fact that they will be ahead if these wines do make it to retail land.
Purchases made now of this Bordeaux release will see expected delivery in the second half of 2018 although the exact timing of release cannot be determined this far out.
In the end, for those eager to get a slice of the pie now, the key is patience. Whilst getting in early will reward the investor's hip pocket, deep pockets at that, time will be your friend and patience will reward.
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